Kate Butler left and Andrea Mueller invite the public to join them at the Ugly Sweater Run/Walk and Nostalgic Christmas on Sunday Nov. 25 at the Haliburton Highlands Museum. /DARREN LUM Staff

Join in Midnight Madness 

By Jenn Watt

Published Aug. 3 2017

Haliburton’s main street will be alive with music food entertainment and of course great deals for the town’s annual street party Midnight Madness on Friday Aug. 4.

The fun gets underway starting at 7 p.m. with Haliburton Dance Academy performing in the middle of Highland Street which is closed from Cedar/York to Maple Avenue for the evening. (The street from Maple to Dysart Avenue – the space in front of Rexall and Home Hardware – will also be closed during that time.)

Downtown stores will keep their doors open throughout the evening enticing shoppers with special offers.

“New this year is an outdoor movie” said David Zilstra publisher of the Haliburton Echo which organizes Midnight Madness along with the Haliburton BIA.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark will be playing in the Foodland parking lot at 8:30 p.m. For some kids this might be the first time they’re seeing this classic film. It’s a great movie for the whole family.”

There will be plenty to see and do throughout the evening including skate park demonstrations entertainer Tim Burr a community drum circle the fire department’s beef on a bun and wood fired pizza.

“The Haliburton Echo staff will also be scooping free banana splits on the main street at 8 p.m.” said Zilstra. “It’s a popular treat so make sure you line up early.”

Free balloons will also be given out for the kids. Midnight Madness was first launched by the Haliburton County Echo in the 1980s as a fun way to bring people together and get great deals from local businesses.

It’s been a summer favourite ever since.

The Haliburton Echo offers a special subscription deal throughout Friday Aug. 4: $36 for a one-year subscription to either the Echo or Minden Times ($10 savings) plus you get a $10 Foodland gift card and a chance to win Blue Jays tickets.

Highland Street closes for the event at 6:30 p.m. so make sure you’ve parked your vehicle on one of the side streets or in the municipal parking lot.